Has anyone ever used a 3D printer? It’s becoming easier than ever to design and create three-dimensional objects using printing software and home printers. Some companies can even “print” an entire house! Let’s take a look at a quick video that explains the basics of 3D printing.
Share the following video with your students [3:36; stop at 1:39 unless time allows you to watch the whole video]:
How does 3D printing work step by step? Beginner’s guide
When you finish watching the video, discuss the following questions:
- If you could design anything on a 3D printer, what would it be? Why would that be your choice? (Answers will vary.)
- What is the first step in creating a 3D object? (Before an object can be printed, someone has to design and plan the desired product using special software.)
- How important do you think the plan is to the success of the end product? (Answers will vary, but students should realize that without a perfect plan, there is no hope for a good end product.)
- What materials are usually required in 3D printing? (Most home printers use plastic filaments—although other materials like concrete or metal or food can be used.)
- How important do you think the materials used are to the success of the end product? (Just as with the plan, the materials need to be specific; you can’t make an edible candy out of plastic or a human organ out of concrete.)
It’s a good thing that God designs the outcomes in our impossibly complex world. His plans are perfect, but surprisingly, He can use unlikely materials—imperfect people—and still have things turn out as planned. Let’s take a look at how He uses His people in all sorts of surprising ways to accomplish His purpose.